ASTORIA, OREGON

  • Riverwalk - A four-mile paved walkway overlooking the beautiful Columbia River.In addition to the remarkable views, guests can explore the statues, shops, cafes, docks and historic canneries dotting the path. Guest who wish to can choose to board the riverfront trolley that runs along the banks for an extra fee. The Astoria Riverwalk, also known as the Astoria River Trail, stretches the entire length of the city's waterfront, connecting restaurants and breweries, museums, and dozens of other attractions. It passes under the Astoria-Megler Bridge, the largest truss bridge in the world, arcing out across the Columbia River toward the hazy hillsides of Washington State. The trail follows the route of the Astoria and Columbia River Railroad that was completed in 1898.

  • Flavel House and Carriage House Museum - The Flavel House stands proudly as a monument of national significance. As a perfectly preserved example of Queen Anne architecture, this historic abode was once the home of Captain George Flavel, one of Astoria’s most influential citizens in the late 1800s. Guests can tour this 11,000 square foot elegant mansion as well as the detached Carriage House Museum and Visitor’s Center. This home was owned by Captain George Flavel, a noted pilot on the Columbia River and a prominent businessman, in the late 1800’s. It was built in a Queen Anne style by German architect Carl W. Leick in 1886. The home remained in the family for 7 years until George and Mary’s granddaughter, Patricia gave the property to the city as a memorial to her family in 1934. From 1937 through WWII, the Public Welfare Commission, the Red Cross, and the local Welfare commission all had their offices in the home. Inside the 11,600 square foot home, there are two and a half stories. There are six unique fireplaces throughout and the ceilings reach 14 feet on the first floor. On the second floor, the ceilings are embellished with plaster medallions and crown molding.

  • Astoria Column - Sits 600 feet above sea level and boasts an incredible 365-degree view. Guests who are up to the challenge can climb the 164-step spiral staircase to the top of this spire for a majestic observation point, or remain on the ground to examine the ornate murals depicting 14 significant events from Oregon’s history.This magnificent monument stands 600 feet above sea level and gives the perfect view to Young’s Bay, the Coast Range, the Columbia River, and in the distance, even the Pacific Ocean. Ralph Budd initiated the project to celebrate Astoria’s early settlers. He hired Italian immigrant and artist, Atillio Pusterla who donated the piece to Astoria in July of 1926. It was modeled after the columns in Rome and features hand-painted spiral frieze work that would stretch over 500 feet if it were to be unwound.

  • Heritage Museum - Learn the history and culture of Oregon through their permanent and alternating exhibit galleries that beautifully capsulate the exciting history and culture of Oregon and the Columbia River.Located within Astoria’s Old City Hall building, this neoclassical structure pays tribute to the hunters, loggers and fishermen that forged this new territory and depicts the history of this frontier town.This neoclassical structure was designed by Portland architect, Emil Schacht in 1904, originally intended to be Astoria’s City Hall building. Now it hosts both the Historical Society’s Archive and the Local History Museum. Inside, displays include a 1,000 year old hunting implement, fine 19th century Chinook and Clatsop Indian baskets, and a sea otter pelt and beaver hat. These artifacts, among many others, are used to help depict the history of this intensely interesting city.

  • Columbia River Maritime Museum - The museum was founded in 1962 when Rolf Klep returned to his birthplace after retiring from his art career on the East Coast. Klep was a long-time collector of maritime artifacts and he began to recruit his colleagues and friends to help establish a museum to present these collections. The museum was the first in Oregon to meet national accreditation standards and is designated the official maritime museum of Oregon. After a $6 million expansion, the museum now holds six galleries, the Great Hall, and the Lightship Columbia. Enjoy over 30,000 artifacts and 20,000 photos as you travel through this expansive maritime museum! (Admission additional)

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INCLUDED TOUR

Astoria Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Astoria is known to be the oldest American Settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. For thousands of years, Clatsop Indians inhabited the lands that are now known as Astoria. In 1805, Lewis and Clark led their expedition through the town and spent the winter at Fort Clatsop. In 1813, a British warship sailed into the Columbia River, gaining possession of the city and holding control until 1818, when they finally agreed to a joint occupation of the land. The British did not fully leave Astoria until 1846. There is no doubting the rich history has deep roots grounded in this Columbia River town. When the history combines with the scenery, the harmony will surely bring you back for more!

Astoria, Oregon

PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION

The Lewis & Clark Experience

Trace the journeys of Lewis and Clark as we begin the day traveling to Middle Village and Station Camp, where the explorers occupied space for ten days in November of 1805. Watch as the powerful waves of the Pacific Ocean crash into the bluffs below and ake in breathtaking views of the Columbia River at Cape Disappointment, the location Lewis and Clark concluded their two year exploration. Then, a stop at the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop, where you can become an explorer as well – discover extensive exhibits and replicas outlining the journeys of this famous duo.

APPROXIMATE DURATION  4 hours

CAPACITY 100 Guests

ACTIVITY LEVEL

PRICE

$69.00

TIMING

12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE

Scenic Columbia River and Pacific Ocean Views, Middle Village and Station Camp

THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

The final leg of the Lewis and Clark journey, Cape Disappointment overlook and Interpretive Center, Fort Clatsop – Lewis and Clark National Historical Site, Copy of In the Wake of Lewis and Clark

AVAILABLE VOYAGE(S)

Eastbound, Westbound and Round Trip Vancouver Voyages

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PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION

Zip Lining Adventure

Step off the luxurious decks of the American Empress and into the natural wonders of Oregon—one of America’s most beautiful landscapes.  We’ll bring you slightly outside of your comfort zone and allow guests to experience the wilderness from the best vantage point—soaring above the ground, within the trees and over the waterways of the area. Today’s tour takes us to Highlife Adventures, a best in class zip lining experience.  Guests of all ages can safely enjoy this experience as they are securely tethered onto a course consisting of eight lines zipping throughout the lush, green forests of Oregon.

APPROXIMATE DURATION  4 hours

CAPACITY 12 Guests

ACTIVITY LEVEL

PRICE

$139.00

TIMING

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE

Luscious Oregon Landscapes

THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

Zip Lining adventure through the towering trees of Oregon, Eight-Line Zip Course

AVAILABLE VOYAGE(S)

Eastbound, Westbound and Round Trip Vancouver Voyages

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